As a long-term health care practitioner, I do my best to make people aware of all the possible hidden dangers we’re exposed to in the foods we eat. Without question, one of the substances that top’s the list is gluten.
Gluten is a “garbage” protein found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye that can have detrimental effects on the body. It is known that people with Celiac Disease can not handle gluten, which can cause a serious autoimmune reaction in the small intestine making it harder for the body to absorb nutrients. What most people (including medical doctors) don’t realize is that gluten can be detrimental to people without celiac disease as well. Since Celiac disease is hard to diagnose, it often goes unnoticed allowing the disease to manifest and increase the risk of developing other diseases like: autoimmune disorders, osteoporosis, neurologic problems, Type 2 diabetes, and even cancer. Some of the symptoms associated with gluten can include: fatigue, digestive issues (constipation, diarrhea, etc.), skin problems, mood swings, and weight gain.
Foods that contain gluten are as follows:
- Soy Sauce
- Foods that say “gluten-free” – due to cross contamination.
- Processed foods – soups, candies, cold cuts, non-fat or fat free foods.
- Foods that have Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), and Natural Flavorings in the list of ingredients.
Grains that are naturally gluten-free are as follows:
- Flax seed
With the various symptoms I’ve mentioned above, if you’re experiencing other symptoms that don’t seem to go away using conventional methods, try taking gluten out of your diet. Since gluten makes it harder for your body to absorb nutrients from food, you never know if this may be the problem. There are some things in life that can create enormous benefits by doing minimal effort and simply avoiding gluten is one of them.
Thank you for reading,
Dr. Rudy Amicay